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Georgia Publinx: Schneiderjans Wins By 2

LAGRANGE, GA (September 13, 2009)--First-round leader Ollie Schniederjans of Powder Springs birdied the 16th and 17th holes to move to 8-under-par 134 for the Championship and held off a charge from Matt Nagy of Kennesaw to win the 21st annual Georgia Public Links Championship, which took place September 12-13 at Overlook Golf Links. Schniederjans posted a final-round 68 to go with his opening 66. Nagy carded the low round of the day, 67, but missed a birdie putt on 17 and bogeyed the 18th to miss out on a playoff opportunity.

Jordan Johnstun of Evans moved up to third place at 3-under 139, while Jordan Mitchell of Atlanta finished one stroke back in fourth. Adam Cooper of Columbus placed fifth at 141, with William Mitchell of Roswell two strokes back in sixth. Brian Templeton of Newnan carded a 69 on Sunday to tie for seventh at 145 along with Troy Thompson of Dallas. Three players tied for ninth at 4-over 146, including Anders Albertson and David Sullivan, both of Woodstock, and Chris Gentile of Atlanta.

“It feels good to win a tournament versus being the runner-up,” said the 16-year-old Schniederjans, who finished second at the Georgia Junior Championship earlier this summer. “I feel like I played really well out here; I hit a lot of greens and didn’t have to struggle too much. I birdied 5 and 6 both days, which really got my rounds going.”

Schniederjans began the final round at 5-under, and moved to 7-under with those birdies on 5 and 6. Nagy, however, playing one group ahead, was quickly catching up to him on the leader board. Starting the day three strokes back of the leader, Nagy birdied 1, 2 and 5 to move to within two strokes. After Schniederjans posted his lone bogey of the day (and just his second of the tournament) on No. 8, Nagy made the turn trailing him just by one stroke.

Schniederjans stayed steady, remaining at 6-under with pars on holes 9-15, but Nagy was still making a charge. He birdied the 431-yard 11th, then the short par-4 14th, to move to 7-under and take the outright lead. Schniederjans responded by sticking his tee shot on the 155-yard 16th to two feet for birdie. After Nagy missed a 12-footer for birdie on the par-5 17th, Schniederjans chipped to within eight feet and sank the birdie putt to regain the lead for good. The margin became two strokes when Nagy faced a difficult up-and-down on 18 and wound up with bogey.

Matt Moore of Covington held on to his first-round lead to win the first flight (153); while local Greg Shelnutt of LaGrange fired a 73 to win second-flight honors (152). Jacques Lamothe of Lilburn also maintained his opening-round lead to take the third flight title (149).

The field consisted of 110 golfers. The low 72 golfers comprised the Championship flight, and the remainder of the field was divided among three flights. Entrants must not have held privileges since January 1, 2009, at any club that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.

The par-71 layout at Overlook Golf Links played to 6,650 yards for the Championship and first flights and 6,203 yards for the second and third flights. Only the players competing in the Championship and first flights were eligible for the overall title.

Founded in 1916, the Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA) received its official charter on June 24, 1924. Since that date, the GSGA has grown to one of the largest state amateur golf associations in the country, with over 360 member clubs and 85,000 individual members. With a mission to promote and preserve amateur golf in the state of Georgia, GSGA offers a computerized handicapping service, course rating and measuring, and annually conducts a full schedule of statewide competitions for men and women of all age groups. Other services include a summer-long junior sectional program, award-winning Golf Georgia magazine, membership recognition and rewards programs and a charitable foundation administering two college scholarship programs.

Final Results
Par 71

Top Ten Overall
Place Name Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Total To Par
1 Ollie Schniederjans, Powder Springs 66 68 134 -8
2 Matt Nagy, Kennesaw 69 67 136 -6
3 Jordan Johnstun, Evans 69 70 139 -3
4 Jordan Mitchell, Atlanta 70 70 140 -2
5 Adam Cooper, Columbus 68 73 141 -1
6 William Mitchell, Roswell 72 71 143 1
T7 Brian Templeton, Newnan 76 69 145 3
T7 Troy Thompson, Dallas 74 71 145 3
T9 Anders Albertson, Woodstock 72 74 146 4
T9 Chris Gentile, Atlanta 74 72 146 4
T9 David Sullivan, Woodstock 74 72 146 4

Championship Flight
1 Ollie Schniederjans, Powder Springs 66 68 134 -8
2 Matt Nagy, Kennesaw 69 67 136 -6
3 Jordan Johnstun, Evans 69 70 139 -3
4 Jordan Mitchell, Atlanta 70 70 140 -2
5 Adam Cooper, Columbus 68 73 141 -1
6 William Mitchell, Roswell 72 71 143 1
T7 Brian Templeton, Newnan 76 69 145 3
T7 Troy Thompson, Dallas 74 71 145 3
T9 Anders Albertson, Woodstock 72 74 146 4
T9 Chris Gentile, Atlanta 74 72 146 4
T9 David Sullivan, Woodstock 74 72 146 4
T12 Brent Sizemore, Calhoun 71 76 147 5
T12 Randy White, Canton 74 73 147 5
T14 Chris Johnson, Brunswick 74 74 148 6
T14 Frank Webster, Conyers 67 81 148 6
T16 Ian Gittelman, Kennesaw 74 75 149 7
T16 Ryan Wilson, Pooler 73 76 149 7
18 Jay Tropf, Dacula 72 78 150 8
T19 Brandon Brown, Commerce 80 71 151 9
T19 Mark Lyons, Mableton 72 79 151 9
T21 Brant Patton, Evans 77 76 153 11
T21 Doug Maxwell, LaGrange 76 77 153 11
23 Slade Phillips, Kennesaw 78 76 154 12
T24 Gordon Gourley, Acworth 79 76 155 13
T24 Matthew Mitchell, Dacula 74 81 155 13
T24 Ronnie Horton, Snellville 75 80 155 13
T24 Sean Bolen, Lawrenceville 79 76 155 13
28 Tom Powers, Smyrna 78 78 156 14
T29 Bill Eastman, Atlanta 80 77 157 15
T29 Joshuah Ransby, Atlanta 78 79 157 15
T29 Matt McKagen, Powder Springs 76 81 157 15
32 Brock Kaufman, Powder Springs 75 83 158 16
T33 Dave Cole, Smyrna 80 79 159 17
T33 Eric Pangle, Braselton 76 83 159 17
T33 Jayson Planche, Lawrenceville 82 77 159 17
T33 Jim Planche, Lawrenceville 76 83 159 17
T33 Weldon Wintter, Acworth 79 80 159 17
T38 Alexander Elorriaga, LaGrange 82 78 160 18
T38 Eric Sharp, Dalton 82 78 160 18
T38 Michael Wilcher, Milledgeville 79 81 160 18
T38 Zach Caldwell, Cuthbert 86 74 160 18
T42 Carlton Parker, Marietta 86 76 162 20
T42 David Crawford, Blackshear 85 77 162 20
T42 Martin Ball, Rome 84 78 162 20
T45 Paul Schwarz, Carlton 81 83 164 22
T45 Reide Onley, Atlanta 81 83 164 22
T47 Charles Lutz, Smyrna 82 84 166 24
T47 Nick Hart, Sandy Springs 83 83 166 24
T49 Gary Whaley, Dalton 83 86 169 27
T49 Lamar Gresham, Loganville 80 89 169 27
51 Shiloh Snow, Blackshear 89 81 170 28
52 Matt Norvill, Marietta 79 92 171 29
53 Duncan Macrae, Smyrna 90 82 172 30
54 John Wilson Gordon, Rochelle 88 85 173 31
55 Erik Dickerson, Kennesaw 87 88 175 33
56 Miles Dixon, Athens 93 84 177 35
57 Matt McClung, LaGrange 98 91 189 47
T58 Daniel Crovo, Perry 79 WD
T58 Jarred Harris, Social Circle 80 WD
T58 Jim Hawthorne, Cumming 81 WD
T58 Ladell Norton, Rome 84 WD
T58 Randy Bowman, Summerville 76 NC
T58 Richard Ehrler, Warner Robins 82 WD
T58 Wesley Bickham, Marietta 80 NS

First Flight
1 Matt Moore, Covington 77 76 153 11
2 Chad Davis, Social Circle 79 80 159 17
3 Christopher Casdia, Woodstock 82 78 160 18
4 Robert Clark, Kingsland 80 84 164 22
5 Marc Adams, Lithia Springs 81 85 166 24
6 Charley Hipple, Flowery Branch 84 84 168 26
7 Keith Niager, Savannah 84 86 170 28
T8 Barry Clark, Atlanta 88 86 174 32
T8 Brian Snow, Baxley 86 88 174 32
10 Dave Katko, Roswell 90 86 176 34
11 Bob Best, Powder Springs 88 90 178 36

Second Flight
1 Greg Shelnutt, LaGrange 79 73 152 10
2 Mark Tilton, Norcross 82 80 162 20
T3 Rick Rasmussen, Social Circle 84 79 163 21
T3 Stan Lineberger, Johns Creek 83 80 163 21
T5 David Biggs, Suwanee 80 85 165 23
T5 Josh Martin, Monroe 87 78 165 23
T5 Russell Gidding, Canton 76 89 165 23
8 Ty Whaley, Dalton 83 85 168 26
T9 Duane Broxterman, Ellaville 82 87 169 27
T9 Howard Eaton, Lavonia 85 84 169 27
11 Joe Costa, Athens 87 84 171 29
12 Jason Murphy, Winder 85 89 174 32
13 David Perkins, Marietta 91 84 175 33
14 Marshall Klein, Atlanta 86 90 176 34

Third Flight
1 Jacques Lamothe, Lilburn 71 78 149 7
2 Michael Goodling, Buford 78 85 163 21
3 David Taylor, Marietta 86 82 168 26
4 Jon McCormick, Newnan 88 85 173 31
5 Keli Smith, Byron 92 87 179 37
6 Robert Autorina, Woodstock 96 85 181 39
7 Alondo Brewington, Stone Mountain 94 90 184 42
8 Stan Smith, Roswell 91 94 185 43
9 James Howell, Snellville 97 90 187 45
10 Ron Akerman, Americus 96 99 195 53
11 Edward Goeters, Smyrna 100 102 202 60
12 Todd Snodgrass, Douglasville 96 115 211 69
13 Matt McCoy, Atlanta 108 123 231 89
14 Dwayne Brewer, Conyers 106 NS
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